michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of spices, fruit, lots of Brett yeast, apples, pears, nutmeg, and a slight tartness. Poured copper/amber in color with a small to medium-sized, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Small particles throughout and some large particles as well. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of Brett yeast, funk, wood, nuts, spices, light grape, nutmeg, cinnamon, chestnut, vanilla, malts, and slight vegetables. Medium body. Smooth, tingly, then chalky texture. Lively carbonation. Funky, acidic, yeasty dry finish.
mar (5205) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to bhops. murky amber pour with a nice cream head. great scent of brett with some cherry. very smooth on the palate with a great sour flavor and a nice tart finish with some nuts as well.
dchmela (3005) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting at Backus’ Backyard Bash. Cloudy dark gold pour. Vinegar sour apple aroma. Slightly sour wood, light apple tart, and sweet malt taste. Interesting, but only ok.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of the Merrit Island tasting hosted by mcbackus. Poured a golden orange color. Smell was woody and tart. Flavor was sweet sweet malts with a hint of sour apple. I like the sweet and malty ones so this one was okay in my book!
daknole (10836) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting at mcbackus. Hazy apricot color. Funky, woody aroma. Funk, sour, tart, woody flavor. Again I just cannot get into sours. This one was ok, just not my style.
gabrielsyme (66) - Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy dark orange, big white head. definite sourness, lemony. some malt sweetness
eaglefan538 (3019) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from CaptainCougar. Tons of excitement upon bottle opening, a total gusher, loud pop, foam geiser, three relatively sober guys couldn’t solve the problem as it spilled over the tv tray onto the floor everywhere (thanks to the Little Green machine for the cleanup, they’re awesome!). Full semi-cloudy hazy orange appearance. The aroma was spices (cardamum and white pepper came to mind, but I don’t actually know what the heck they are half the time, lol), bret, yeast, nuttiness, floral hops (lavendar?). The flavor was all of the aroma, lots going on in here, white grapes, but perfumey floralness and too intense of spicing as it warmed were the faults in this one. Aftertaste included a nice touch of sawdust, but not enough to clean up the spicing and overly floral notes. Mouthfeel was lively, but that probably was not a great thing given the flavors I wanted less envigorated. A fun brew, the base beer quite nice, but other than that just a nice spice beer, most of which don’t work for me. Thanks, Tom!
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m trying to be objective...as I just detest spiced ales. Whatever this beer claims to be, the spice in this one is overwhelming. A trip to my wife’s spice rack still leaves me at a loss as to exactly what was in this beer, but I just didn’t like it. Apart from the spice (and everything else really is a side note), this one was super dry in the mouthfeel with very little sourness that usually attends a Jolly Pumpkin brew. Cherries and apples are the dominant sweet flavors and maybe a touch of lemon zing (but again, not very sour). Eh.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to bbuckets tasting group. Sugary sweet apple and a good dose of funk with a little oak. Not overly sour, and very drinkable.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle @ liquid sunshine tasting - big thanks to bvc for this bad boy; light amber with slight head; big, sweet aromas of sour apples and cherries; drinks on the light side with a nice zing; flavors primarily lemons, cherries; raw and grainy; sourness is muted and soft; drinks very smooth; yummy